Former president Rodrigo Duterte told the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it wanted him to be jailed then he would be willing to do it.
At least this was different from his statement almost exactly five years ago when he said he preferred to face a firing squad rather than be jailed. Not to mention that since he is no longer the president then he no longer has the immunity hence can be arrested, even be jailed.
“Since when was it a crime for the head of a sovereign state, since when was it a crime for me to threaten criminals? I said, if you destroy my country, I will kill you. Is there a law against a president uttering such hostile words?” Duterte further claimed.
Accordingly, the ICC has not imposed verdict to anyone but only declared to resume its probe on the Duterte administration’s drug war crackdown; however, the prime personality and former president was quick to rebuke and further warns the international court.
“May I ask them, who are you to initiate an investigation here? Do it outside. But if you come here and start to summon people and send subpoenas, you are just looking for trouble. And if you’re looking for trouble, trouble will come,” Duterte said.
His remarks were similar to his cronies and chief implementor of the drug war who also disproved about the ICC’s probe resumption. More so that they would be willing to arrest ICC personnel and accuse of ‘sovereignty intrusion’ as per his chief cop and drug war implementor senator Ronaldo ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.
While not yet named, Duterte and Dela Rosa expected that the latter will be subject of a summon if not an arrest warrant from the ICC.
Other than Dela Rosa, Duterte cronies like Solicitor General Menardo Guevarra, Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, and Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile also berated and reiterated that the international court should not be meddling with the country’s ‘functioning” legal affairs.